This is probably one of the most detailed articles I have ever read about the Shichida program. It is written by Aileen Kawagoe from Education in Japan. The article is titled: “Dr Shichida’s spy-kids school“.
I’ve always wanted to read more about what Makoto Shichida says about right brain education but have never been able to get my hands on a copy of any of his books. They seem to be out of print. Anyway, the article linked above gives a pretty good overview of the program and the background.
To continue on a discussion I was having with hubby about right brain education…
One of hubby’s concerns about my zeal to develop our childrens’ right brain is that I might be going overboard with their academic development. He wants our children to be all-rounded individuals, not just academically brilliant (which he believes is a given anyway because of their genetics). Well, I want that, too, which is why I think right brain development is the perfect start to the whole education program for our children.
Right brain development isn’t just about having a photographic memory, speed reading, and being able to perform computer-like calculations. It is an all-rounded program designed to help children develop abilities that allow them to make wise decisions, help other people, make discoveries and inventions, produce creative works and to excel in sports.
The testimonials from Shichida not only talk about children who are good at academics, but also in sports and music. Shichida not only helps these children learn to excel in various areas of life, but it also teaches them discipline and self-control. I think these are admirable traits.
Hirata Hayato, a Shichida child, said:
“If I image before playing sports, I can see the moves of my partners in advance. Here are some examples. When I play basketball, I can predict, most of the time, the next moves of teammates and opponents. When I play baseball, I can predict the pitcher’s moves and act accordingly. If I image the outcome before I hit or throw, things will turn out just as I have imaged. This happens many times. In Taekwondo classes which I attend twice a week, I know where my partner is going to attack and dodge accordingly.”
Interestingly, this was exactly the kind of thing hubby said he was able to do when he played hockey for his school – which is another reason why I think hubby’s manifestation of those special abilities that Shichida talks about is due to his extensive Lego and jigsaw puzzle play as a child.
Who is to know which skills and abilities my sons will develop. Will they be able to do everything but to a lesser degree, or will they excel only at one thing? Who knows? If right brain education helps them develop something, no matter how slight, my time spent researching and implementing right brain education for my kids will all have been worth it. Maybe they already have their father’s genius genes, maybe all this is completely unnecessary. Well, I don’t think I’m comfortable taking that bet.